Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
Thoughts (spoiler-free): Throne of Glass has been seriously hyped up so I was a bit nervous to start reading it, but overall I found it quite an enjoyable read. Maas creates unique and likeable characters which she places into a beautifully complex world. She gives us opportunities to understand the characters and know their back story, which I loved.
Celaena Sardothien is a great character, she’s cunning, sassy, powerful (with or without a weapon), and still an elegant lady. Although, there was a big plot hole in Celaena’s character, I didn’t always get the impression that she was Ardalan’s deadly assassin. Yes, she had moments (especially in the beginning) where I could totally tell why she was dangerous, yet at other times it seemed unlikely. At one point, Celaena makes the hinges on the door to her bedroom very loud whenever someone enters yet she still sleeps through when Dorian or Chaol enter her room. Then again, when she was fighting Verin at the end, that was totally awesome. Perhaps the author chose to make Celaena at bit rusty on the assassin side because she was locked up in Endovier for several years,
The love triangle between Chaol, Dorian, and Celaena was very well executed to me. It was interesting to see how Celaena’s relationships with both men developed throughout the book. Personally, I like Chaol better just because Dorian is a bit of a pushover and he thinks he has so many issues because he’s the prince and he loves a woman who will probably end up killing his dad. Nehemia was also one of my favorite characters because she’s very mysterious and is also quite a badass character. She definitely has her secrets and Nehemia brought more of the magic into play which I’m very intrigued about how it works.
The world building was very well done and the world itself sounds absolutely stunning. There wasn’t any major info-dumping which really gives the readers time to learn about the world themselves and not be confused for the entire book. The history behind all of the cities such as Endovier, Eyllwe, and Ardalan was fascinating.
Overall, I definitely recommend this book if you love a good high fantasy novel with a touch of romance and mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel, even though it has its flaws. I do plan on continuing with this series because I’ve heard it just gets better and better.